Bisciotti Not Subtle About Key To Super Success

February 06, 2010|By Peter Schmuck

News item: Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said during Wednesday's "State of the Ravens" news conference that quarterback Joe Flacco is the key to his team's chances of developing into a Super Bowl champion.

My take: If this were simply a statement of fact, it would rank on the revelation scale somewhere between "ice is cold" and "you can find my blog - The Schmuck Stops Here - at," but it was pretty apparent that Bisciotti was sending a message to Joe Cool and Co. that he isn't going to be satisfied with the second round of the playoffs every year.

News item: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was fined $50,000 by the NFL for flipping his middle finger to heckling Miami Dolphins fans at a mixed martial arts event in South Florida.

My take: It was an honest mistake, since that particular gesture is a very important part of the communication process in New York.

News item: The Indianapolis Colts are posted as a five-point favorite to defeat the New Orleans Saints in the 44th Super Bowl on Sunday at Land Shark/Dolphin/Joe Robbie/Sun Life Stadium.

My take: I'm going with the Saints, though I really can't explain why.

News item: Thirteen-year-old Delaware quarterback David Sills has made an oral commitment to accept a football scholarship to the University of Southern California, even though he will not be able to enroll there until 2014.

My take: That's OK, the Trojans probably will be off probation by then.

Related news item: No, really. USC coach Lane Kiffin watched video of the kid and listened to a sales pitch from quarterback guru Steve Clarkson, who mentored current USC quarterback Matt Barkley and former Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen.

My take: The great thing about 13-year-old recruits is there's a pretty good chance NCAA investigators aren't going to catch one driving around middle school in a new Escalade.

News item: There have been multiple reports that left-hander Erik Bedard is close to agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners worth $1.5 million plus incentives.

My take: What's wrong with this picture? Ben Sheets got $10 million guaranteed after not pitching at all last year. If Bedard is going to settle for middle-relief money, you've got to believe he and the M's know he won't be all the way back from shoulder surgery for quite a while.

News item: Former baseball superstar Jose Canseco said on Twitter this week that he wants to fight budding MMA star - and former football superstar - Herschel Walker.

My take: More proof that Jose has a few lightbulbs out in his scoreboard. If I remember correctly, he fought to a draw in a celebrity boxing match against Danny Bonaduce.

Bonus take: Yes, that Danny Bonaduce, who used to be the little, red-haired kid in "The Partridge Family."

News item: The Maryland men's basketball team held on to score a hard-fought 71-67 victory over Florida State on Thursday night for its second Atlantic Coast Conference road win in four tries.

My take: The Terps have to stay focused against struggling North Carolina on Sunday at Comcast Center, but they have reached the point where they can control their NCAA tournament prospects on their home court.

News item: Orioles pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Sarasota, Fla., in less than two weeks.

My take: I just looked outside, and I'm not sure I can wait that long.

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